Dutch journalist Wilfred Genee has been quoted by Voetbal Zone as saying that Feyenoord manager Arne Slot was attracted by a move to Leeds United after the sacking of Jesse Marsch – and expects the Tottenham target to go.
Slot, 44, is guiding his Feyenoord side to the Eredivisie title this season – with the Dutch side eight points clear and only five games left to play. He also watched his team beat Roma in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
But it comes after Slot was approached by Leeds – and the Whites were willing to pay £3.5million to lure him away from his current side. The Times now report that Spurs, Leeds, West Ham and Palace are all interested in the boss.
Now, Genee says he has spoken to insiders this month and claims that Slot did want to join Leeds – with Leeds ready to pay the necessary funds. He makes it clear that Slot will leave this summer, and Spurs are ready to pay.
“I heard from people last week that he is not staying anyway. He does not want to run the risk things can go very badly in the Champions League and that he will no longer be in the picture with the big clubs,” Genee said.
“He wants to be financially independent as soon as possible. It’s easier at a big club,” Genee added, as per Voetbal Zone. “He wanted to go to Leeds. They wanted to pay €4m. He found that attractive. Spurs want to pay even more.”
Dutch journalist Genee says Arne Slot was attracted by move to Leeds
Where does Slot go? Clearly, he is going to win the League – the first time as a player or a manager in his home country – having previously never done so, despite remaining in The Netherlands for his entire professional career.
West Ham look safe and are contenders for the Conference League. So, if the Hammers win that tournament and finish the season well, then David Moyes remains. Palace will need to replace Roy Hodgson at the end of the term.
Leeds may look for a new manager even if Javi Gracia keeps Leeds up. Spurs will have interest in Slot, but they will want a bigger name in order to appease fans. Right now, you would argue Spurs or Palace look the most likely.